Media and Crime in Argentina

Punitive Discourse During the 1990s

Authors: Fernandez Roich, Cynthia

  • ​Discusses the narrativization of events leading to the military government taking power in Argentina
  • Analyses a broad range of articles from key contemporary newspapers
  • Discusses the notion of discourse in relation to changing public opinion
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This book analyses the punitive crime discourse in the Argentinean press during the 1990s. Fernandez Roich focusses on several features of media discourse during this time, such as: the notion that petty criminals ‘deserve to die' in reference to police brutality and killings, the phenomenon of ‘vindicators’ or how common citizens turned into ‘evil’ modern heroes in the press, and the parallelism between the military discourse under the military regime and the punitive discourse under democracy. In addition, the book also investigates the alleged natural propensity towards breaking the law ingrained within Argentinean culture, the so-called 'viveza criolla' and the well-ingrained idea that to get ahead you have to participate in corrupt practices.
Despite the significant scholarly interest in the United States and Europe in the last Argentinean dictatorship (1976-1983), little attention has been paid to the role of Argentinean newspapers in supporting the military coup d’état. The analysis of this media discourse is critical to understanding the support enjoyed by the armed forces in power: the vast majority of the population was not informed about the disappearances or the concentration camps until well into the 1980s. This project provides an in-depth qualitative content analysis of front pages, chronicles, editorials and photographs of Argentinean newspapers before and after the military intervention that will aid scholars of criminal justice and Latin American political regimes understand the impact of the support given to the military government.

About the authors

Cynthia Fernandez Roich is a journalist and criminologist.  She is currently working as a Restorative Justice Facilitator at Restorative Practices Aotearoa, Waitakere Trust, New Zealand.

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“Media and Crime in Argentina is a scholarly and revealing study of the links between the state and the press in Argentina. Tracing the legacy from the media as ideological handmaidens of the military dictatorship in the 1970s and 80s, to contemporary champions of urban vigilantes and apologists for draconian state responses to street crime, Cynthia Fernandez Roich’s research is empirically rich and stunningly relevant today, well beyond Argentina.” (Scott Poynting, Adjunct Professor, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University, Australia)

“Media and Crime in Argentina is abound with eye-opening examples of citizens ‘fighting back’ against petty criminals and taking justice into our own hands, becoming the new urban vigilantes of Buenos Aires. Cynthia Fernandez Roich makes a compelling case of the Argentine crime scene of the 1990s where income inequality, hyperinflation and a weak justice system played their part to create the current ‘zero tolerance’ discourse in the media.” (Dr Marivic Wyndham, Senior Lecturer, School of International Studies, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media and Crime in Argentina
Book Subtitle
Punitive Discourse During the 1990s
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95251-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95251-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95250-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 248
Number of Illustrations and Tables
25 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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